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Phil Spector Definitive Collection Box set

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  • Audio CD (4 Dec. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000K2Q8DQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
  2. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  3. He’s Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals
  4. He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
  5. Uptown – The Crystals
  6. There’s No Other Like My Baby – The Crystals
  7. A Fine, Fine Boy – Darlene Love
  8. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
  9. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts? – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
  10. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up – The Ronettes
  11. Not Too Young To Get Married – Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
  12. (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry – Darlene Love
  13. Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home – Darlene Love
  14. Baby, I Love You – The Ronettes
  15. Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
  16. Do I Love You? – The Ronettes
  17. Walking In The Rain – The Ronettes
  18. Born To Be Together – The Ronettes
  19. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
  20. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  21. River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
  22. Spanish Harlem – Phil Spector

Disc: 2

  1. White Christmas - Darlene Love
  2. Frosty The Snowman - The Ronettes
  3. The Bells of St. Mary - Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
  4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Crystals
  5. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
  6. Marshmallow world - Darlene Love
  7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
  8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals
  9. Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
  10. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - The Crystals
  11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
  12. Here Comes Santa Claus - Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans
  13. Silent Night - Phil Spector And Artists

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I bought this as a Christmas present for my dad, my way of apologising for stealing his vinyl copy of Echoes Of The 60s many years ago. This is a superb collection of Phil's finest moments. It's unusual to see a one disc Spector retrospective on compact disc so if you're not ready to jump on the Back To Mono 4 disc boxset I strongly advise you buy this. The sound is absolutely pristine as you might expect - Phil would never let it be released otherwise. Good packaging which I was impressed to see includes details of who played what on these miraculous mini-symphonies. It's a cliche but they really don't make 'em like this anymore. Genius.

The Christmas album is included as a seperate cd which has been widely available for a few years. It's magic! Let your cynicism be blown away by the goddess Darlene Love.
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Phil Spector the oh so slightly unhinged producer is credited with pioneering the wall of sound approach to making music, which is where this collection gets its name from. That basically means that Spector threw as much as possible into the mix. Thundering percussion, strings with more layers than an armadillo on a firing range, harmonies so glutinous they would put a class of five year old off sweets for weeks, and Spector was never a believer of less is more. Indeed it's fair to say he was a believer of more is more then some more should be chucked on top in case the original more wasn't enough.

However this is no easy thing to do and make it sound as wondrous a much of the material on here does. It could be a dicophonous disaster but Spector knew what he was doing and what's more he had the songs and the artists to pull it off. This is pop music so gaudily effervescent, so giddily emphatic that it makes even the lushest of contemporary music -Girls Aloud at their capricious best say- sound like Bonnie Prince Billy. Next to Spectors corpulent beauties virtually everything else is reduced to a size zero non-entity.

T o hear The Ronettes peerlessly perform "Baby I Love You" or "Be My Baby" is to hear pop at its zenith -so melodious and sonically impelling that you could be stood in the middle of a minefield, foot hovering over potential oblivion, and still become caught up in the song. The same goes for The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me" while "River Deep, Mountain High" is one of the most staggering moments of halcyon pop ...well ever. Tina Turner may have gone on to be a lumbering embarrassment but here she is incendiary.
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This release gives you, at a bargain price, most of the Spector masterpieces that the average person would want. In the days of vinyl, I had the Christmas album and a "best of the rest" with a very similar listing to the second CD of this set. In the absence of such a collection on CD, a few years ago I bought the "Back to Mono" box set, which is more of a "definitive" collection, and priced accordingly. If this double set had been available then, I would have bought it instead.

Buy while it's still on the catalogue. Bargain Spector compilations like this don't appear very often. You can, of course, buy the Christmas album on its own at any time, for not much less (and sometimes a bit more) than the price of this set.
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This is a great package at a great price.Good old wig wearing,gun toting megalomaniac Phil Spector sure made some excellent tunes at his height,Tom Wolfe reffered to Phil as the "tycoon of teen".This cd contains many classics from Be My Baby,River Deep Mountain High,Unchained Melody.You also get the legendary Phil Spector christmas album.Credit should be applied all round,especially the lyric writers.Obviously Phils the star though.I believe a film is being made with Al Pacino as Spector,should be cool as they do not make stars like Phil anymore,borderline crazy genius flanked by bodyguards,taking no prisoners whether its Lennon or Cohen.Obviously the situation has ended with Phil behind bars,though lefty Hollywood is slowly starting a Spector is innocent campaign.Spector is a one man parable on stardom and madness.For the time being though listen to this great cd and remind yourself of the guys majestic talent.
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There's been millions of words written about the Spector productions and that's not counting the reviews.
Originally the Charistmas Gift LP was a flop in the States and most of the copies were returned to the warehouses then discovered in the 80s when the vinyl was going for silly money.Ha! Ha! Ha!
Phil Spector was a master copyist using everybody elses idea to make his mark in the music business.
Which is a plus factor in my opinion as I love copycats.
His original source for launching himself into the music business was the Aquatones-the first white doowoppers to use a girl lead.Ironically they have lasted longer than him and are now the New Aquatones after Lyn Nixon passed away and a new girl took her place who sounds just like her.
Anyway this led to the Teddy Bears and once they'd run their course Phil copied the Fleetwoods for the Spectors 3.
The first Crystals single was modelled on the Chantels but Phil was lucky with He's a Rebel when Vikki Carr's superior original was stolen by the man when it was a demo.Fortunately Vikki's original topped the charts in Australia.
On this CD is at least one rareity-Spanish Harlem-here we have Phil as a singer who clearly needs lessons from Fabian
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